The Belgian Association of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SABAM) is a private, semi-governmental collective management organization. SABAMŐs goal is to protect the right of all Belgium authors both domestically and aboard. They guarantee complete transparency for all their authors, and provide their clients with quick and easy access to the repertoire from all over the world.Ę
Music Publishing is the business of protecting and promoting song copyrights and collecting the royalties that these copyrights generate. Think of a song as intellectual property (it's an original piece of art!), and music publishing as the business that makes sure that songwriters get paid a fair compensation when their intellectual property is used by companies. Those companies could be record labels (mechanical royalties), radio stations, bars, and restaurants (performance royalties), or film studios and advertising agencies (sync license fees), and many more.